Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
The cost of the 12 days of Christmas items is up 4% from last year. It would cost $78,100 this year.
We returned on Friday and unpacked a few things, watched Ugly Betty, and October Road. While I was at work on Saturday, Gabe worked on raking and packing the leaves. When I came home I helped him for a while and then we went downtown to the Christkindlmarket. Since 2003 I have been buying an ornament from the market. Gabe has been going with me since 2004. It is a lot of fun, but it was really crowded last night. Usually there aren't that many people there when we go. Gabe had a German Bratwurst. I had a chicken sandwich (I know wild and crazy me). We both shared some potato pancakes and a cherry strudel. We came back, put on our pj's, lit the fire, made hot cocoa, turned on the Christmas music, and put the ornaments on the tree. Our Santa Clause tree topper is missing in action. I think we are going to have to buy another one. I have to put some shoes on, the rest of the leaves are calling for us.
We arrived at my parent's house a little after 1:00 a.m. We finally went to bed around 2:00 a.m. My family came up and it was good to see everyone. Gabe and I went over to Brandi and Doug's and saw their house. We gave them their wedding present (a Flavia machine). Brandi was really excited to get it. She would drink chococcinos when we lived in our apartment. The apartment complex had a free Flavia machine. My parents, Gabe, and I tried to play Deal or No Deal on the TV, but the DVD kept resetting itself halfway through the game. Kyle came back over and we ended up playing 1 vs. 100. We are on our way back now (I have to work tomorrow). We should be back around 5:30 p.m. tonight...hopefully I can get some stuff done.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Sunday Gabe and I ran a few errands. We finished the sixth season on Scrubs on Monday. I wish that I would have thought ahead and recorded the seventh season (I remembered to do this with the second season of Ugly Betty). I am eager to find out what happens to everyone in the seventh season...it is the last for the doctors at Sacred Heart. Two shows that I like are going to be back with their second seasons next week. I like October Road and Notes from the Underbelly. We watched Dancing with the Stars yesterday (the performances and the results show). This season has been crazy. I can't believe that Jenny was voted off and Marie is still in the running for the championship. I think that I lost interest once Sabrina was voted off. In my opinion, she was the best dancer and should have been in the final. At least she and Brian came back last night for a performance. I think that they did a great job. We are in the car driving to my parent's house. The cell phone internet connection is VERY slow, but at least I have a connection. We need to rake the leaves in our yard. We will probably work on the leaves this weekend. Actually, Gabe will probably do it while I am at work on Saturday. Hopefully the weather will hold out until we get them all raked and bagged.
Happy Birthday Mom!
On Thursday Aaron and I went to the movies to watch Fred Clause. I expected to be laughing out loud. That didn't really happen. I have been disappointed with comedies lately. I guess I have been building them up and then when I see them they just don't meet my expectations.
Friday I worked on wrapping presents. Gabe and I ate at Clara's. They have excellent bread.
Today while I was at work Gabe made space for my car in the garage. I am excited to be able to park in the garage. Now we just have to clean out the other half so we can park his vehicle in the garage too. I finished wrapping all of my Christmas presents today. I have been working on Christmas cards for a couple of days now. I need to print address labels...actually, I should be doing that now. Aaron came over tonight and we watched Shrek the Third. Again, I expected to be laughing out loud. I laughed a few times, but nothing like I expected. I still want to see I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and License to Wed, but the video store was out of them both.
We finally finished the extra bedroom that we were working on. The last outlet was replaced today! All of the furniture has been moved back in...well, come to think about it I still think the lamps aren't back in yet. I am not sure what room we are going to start on next. I think that our bedroom will be next, but I am not 100% positive. All of the rooms that we have left to do are pretty big projects. Hopefully we can get started on the next room soon...I am ready to have the house finished. I am off to bed.
On Saturday, after work, we met Aaron for dinner. Gabe, Laura, Aaron, and I all went to Max & Erma's. Afterwards we headed to Starbuck's. I am now addicted to the Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. If you like peppermint and you haven't tried it yet, I suggest that you do. We took our Starbuck's back to our house and played Battle of the Sexes...the girls won! Then we played Wii bowling...the girls won again!
Sunday we took Laura to the train station to head back home. Afterwards, Gabe and I ran some errands. We also started painting the second bedroom. It took some convincing, but I finally managed to get Gabe to agree that brown would be an okay color for the room. We were both pretty tired and Gabe is fighting off a cold, so around 9:00 p.m. we stopped painting and watched Ugly Betty and a couple of episodes of Scrubs.
Tonight we finished painting one of the extra bedrooms. Tomorrow we are going to change out a couple of outlets, replace some outlet covers, hang up the curtains, and put the furniture back in place. We almost have one more room finished!
Gabe left for a business trip on Wednesday morning. After working I picked Laura, Gabe's sister, up from the train station. She is going to be staying with us until Sunday. Wednesday night we surfed the net and relaxed. Thursday we spent a lot of time shopping and getting things done. I had to drop my car off at the dealer to get an oxygen sensor changed. They gave me a loaner, so it wasn't too bad. We watched Juno yesterday evening. It was okay, but it was nearly as funny as I expected. We were given a free t-shirt for attending the premiere. I can't really say what I have done today...laundry, picked up my car, etc. Now it is almost time to go to bed...almost. Gabe is putting up the blinds in the bathroom. We received them in the mail yesterday. Gabe and I purchased the "Press Your Luck" DVD game. I used to love watching the show on T.V. Gabe won tonight. I kept getting too many whammies.
Saturday Gabe and I went to Meijer to grocery shop. We were using the self check lane and I was scanning and Gabe was bagging. I was entering the number for produce, but instead of hitting the "enter item number" button, I hit the gift receipt button. I started laughing and Gabe asked what was going on. I told him that we were getting a gift receipt for our $0.54 worth of bananas. He said it would be even funnier if he returned the bananas with the gift receipt and told them that he wanted apples.
Aaron came over Saturday evening and we watched Fracture. It was pretty good. Anthony Hopkins plays some pretty creepy characters.
Yesterday we did some shopping. We went to Lowe's. Oh, we bought a new Christmas tree at the American Sale. We don't get it until Wednesday. The majority of our ornaments are at my parent's house. I am really tired, but I have a lot to attempt to do tonight. I think that I am going to bed around 11:00 p.m.
Yesterday I spent most of the day doing little things around the house. I did some touch-up painting in the bathroom, stripped some wood (I will be staining it today), painted the mailbox, etc. After a couple of months of living here our last name is finally on the mailbox.
At 5:30 Gabe, Aaron (ICO friend), and I all headed to the movie theater to get tickets for the Bee Movie. It was sold out! The tickets were free for the advanced screening. So, we ended up seeing Dan in Real Life. The movie wasn't bad, it just wasn't as funny as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but I was looking forward to a non-stop comedy and this movie wasn't one of those. It is definitely worth watching, just don't expect to laugh all of the time. Well, I have along list of things to get done today.
This is just wrong.
Happy Birthday Shane!
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